The City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team celebrated success in the pool on day two of the International Swim Meet as they landed four gold medals. Christopher Steeples secured gold in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:12.45. Speaking after his race, Christopher said, “I suppose swimming in my home pool gives me an advantage, because I feel relaxed here. I’m from Derby but I’ve been living here for about four and a half years now so its home”.
Rebecca Guy took gold in the 200m (freestyle) and in the 50m freestyle with an impressive time of 25.21, Sam Horrocks also added gold in the 200m butterfly event. All three of the individual medalists then teamed up with Jessica Fullalove to add gloss to the day as they earned gold for the city in the 50m medley relay. After sprinting to victory Rebecca Guy stated, “I feel pretty pleased with my 200m (freestyle) this evening as I swum a PB (1.56.69) and then the 50m was good as I won and that the aim at the end of the day to touch first”.
It wasn’t only Manchester celebrating success at the Aquatics Centre as the City of Sheffield Swim Squad’s Nicholas Grainger won gold in the 400m freestyle event as he aims to continue his progression towards making the Rio 2016 finals. Reigning European and Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley completed a busy meet with two further golds, firstly in her favoured event of the 400m individual relay and then in the 800m freestyle. She remarked “I do love coming down here to race, it’s such a good pool, I’ve had many good swims here”.
Two British Junior Records were also broken at the meet in Manchester, Plymouth’s Emma England broke the 50m freestyle British Junior Record in a time of 25.62 to finish second behind Rebecca Guy whilst Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg recorded a time of 54.89 in the 100m backstroke to break the junior record.
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